Tag: NBA lockout


Owners have short conference call as an update, not much else

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What had been billed as the NBA owners getting together — at least on the phone — to talk strategy Thursday turned out to be more of a 20 minute update on what was going on.

That’s it. Not much else. Hope you weren’t really hoping for progress.

The call was a panned update not a newfound strategy, according to the Associated Press. There are no details from the call because there aren’t a lot of details to give.

Aside that the only real progress was the players primary antitrust case in California being assigned to U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti, with the first management conference on the case set for March 9. The players will try to expedite that as by March 9 the entire NBA season would be toast.

I’d love to tell you how things are about to turn and everyone is going to start talking again, but none of that is happening. The patients are still running the asylum.

Video: Danny Granger says the lockout has damaged the game

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Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger was honest in an interview with Russ Thaler on NBC SportsTalk (a daily show on Versus you should be watching anyway because you never know when I will pop up on there). He says that Stern deserves a lot of the blame for the lockout — as commissioner he needs to watch out for the good of the NBA and he let this get too far.

Which is also what Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com also said on the show (watch below).

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Dwight Howard “doubtful” about overseas, talks free agency

Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

When the first rumors came out this week about European powerhouse Real Madrid being interested in Dwight Howard, we were skeptical. Howard had expressed no interest in going to Europe, but would that change with the NBA season looking like it was toast?

No, not really.

Howard talked to the Orlando Sentinel about a few issues but said playing overseas was not on his radar.

“I doubt it,” Howard said. “There’s some other things that I really would love to get involved with: do some more stuff in the community and just become a better person [and] spend some more time with my kids.”

Howard also didn’t want to talk about himself playing anywhere but Orlando. He danced around that question.

“Well, that’s 2012,” he said. “Everybody’s worrying about the wrong stuff. I didn’t come here today wanting to discuss where I’m going to be next year. At that point, it really doesn’t matter.

“The biggest thing for me is taking advantage of every opportunity that I have in front of me, and that’s how anybody should look at it. I’m 25 and I have a full life ahead of me, God-willing, and I have to do what’s best for me, and that’s it.”

A lost NBA season would make things interesting in Orlando. Howard would have a decision to make without the benefit of seeing how Orlando could tweak the roster, and he’d have to give up a lot of money to leave. Orlando’s a good city with a great fan base. But is all of that enough?

Who knows? That’s 2012. Right now we’re all worrying about the wrong stuff.